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Tuesday, 16 May 1972
Page: 1650

Senator CARRICK (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question, which is directed to the Minister for Civil Aviation, is supplementary to the one asked by Senator Mulvihill. It concerns the projected supersonic flight of the Concorde aircraft across certain parts of the Australian continent as from 15th June. Firstly, will full arrangements be made for thorough scientific monitoring and study of the aircraft throughout its supersonic journey, including effective examination of ecological effects, if any? Secondly, will facilities be made available for bona fide scientists and conservationists to study this matter?

Senator COTTON - Yes, I think that what the honourable senator asks for will be done. But I can be a little more precise by quoting some of the comments that were made about this matter in general. Before the flight the Department of Civil Aviation will ask the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Australian Broadcasting Commission to broadcast details of the Concorde's movements to all the people who are living within any area over which it might fly. They will be asked, as residents or people in that area, to submit to the Department objective reports on the effect of the supersonic flight.

Senator Keeffe - 11: they are still alive.

Senator COTTON - I think that the honourable senator ought to try to be sensible occasionally, if he can. The Department of Civil Aviation also proposes establishing noise monitoring posts along the supersonic leg of the Darwin-Sydney route. The Australian Conservation Foundation has been invited to send uncommitted observers into the area of the supersonic leg to hear the aircraft pass overhead. I add that, if there were people who genuinely wished to observe this matter, the Department would try to help them in any proposals they had to be in the area.

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